Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Ballet Bag does Giselle


And since the Ballet Nacional de Cuba will be performing it here in February, it'd would be a good thing to commit at least some of this to memory. As with many ballet backgrounders they go over their dream cast, the background, the music, a synopsis, other notable versions, along with what they call a mini biography. But what I go gaga over is that in a very 21st century way they also point you to videos
  • Gelsey Kirkland – Act I variation [link]
  • Olga Spessivtseva in her signature Act I variation (diagonal of turns – instead of a manège – see also Rojo and Bouder videos below) [link]
  • Alicia Alonso & Azari Plisetsky – Act II Pas de Deux [link]
  • Alicia Markova & Anton Dolin, a short clip with testimonials and performance footage [link]
  • Carla Fracci and Vladimir Vasiliev – Act II Pas de Deux [link]
  • Natalia Makarova – Mad Scene with Mikhail Baryshnikov (Albrecht) and Frank Smith (Hilarion) in David Blair’s  production [link]
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov – Albrecht’s Act II variation (diagonals of brisés instead of entrechats) [link]
And that is what makes the Ballet Bag such a kick-ass website.